Install W7 on new hard drive and make existing hard drive slave

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Installation' started by delvis, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. delvis

    delvis New Member

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    Hey there. I'm thinking I'm going to purchase a new hard drive to Install Windows 7 on. My idea is to simply swap the jumpers on my existing primary hard drive to make it a slave drive and not worry about backing up my existing data.

    Seems simple enough, which makes it scary that I can't find anyone else doing this. Anyone have experience with doing anything like this or have any insight onto potential/obvious disasters I might run into?

    Any info is much appreciated. Cheers!
     
  2. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    If you are using a full version to install from, I would probably unplug the second drive until after Win 7 was installed.

    If you are trying to use an upgrade version, I don't know if you can use an installed OS from a different partition than the install partition. I have not seen an install ask where the qualifying OS is located, but I haven't tried doing it your way. Let us know how it works if this is your intention.
     
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    Hmm... Hadn't even thought of the upgrade route. I'm going to ahead with the full install. If you haven't heard back from me in a couple days, we'll know it didn't work. :)
     
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    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    To be clear, upgrade version means the DVD version, not how you are installing.
     

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